Luxury apartments approved for Madison

Ambrosia Homes to go on vacant land where Taco Bell was opposed

October 2nd, 2018 3:02 PM

Ambrosia yes: The Oak Park Board of Trustees approved the 23-unit luxury apartment development by Ambrosia Homes at the southeast corner of Madison Street and Lyman Avenue. | Rendering courtesy of Ambrosia Homes Inc.

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Board of Trustees Monday approved a proposal for a 23-unit luxury apartment building at the corner of Madison Street and Lyman Avenue.

The project by Ambrosia Homes Inc. sailed through the zoning process and gained village board approval with practically no opposition.

It's a stark contrast to the resistance from residents to a proposal in 2017 for a Taco Bell fast-food restaurant at the site. That plan was unanimously opposed by the Oak Park Zoning Board of Appeals. 

The Ambrosia project will be three stories and include 23 parking spaces for residents. The property is now an empty lot, which has been vacant for roughly a decade.

Ambrosia Homes president Tim Pomaville said the style of the building has changed significantly through the planning process to take on a more modern style.

"We are trying to attract hip renters that want to be in the area," he said.